You’ve come home for the holidays and you’ve noticed the warning signs that your loved one is in need of care. What now? Although it may seem difficult at first to set the wheels in motion, addressing that care is needed with aging loved ones can reduce worry and possibly prevent a serious emergency. The following are some ways to start a dialogue with your loved ones about these important issues:
- Share your concerns. Talk to your loved ones openly and honestly. Knowing that you’re concerned about their health may give them the motivation they need to see a doctor or make other changes.
- Create a sense of planning. Discuss what you have observed using concrete examples and ask your loved one what he or she thinks is going on. Then ask what he or she thinks would be a good solution.
- Address safety issues. Point out any potential safety issues around the home — then make a plan to address the problems.
- Encourage a regular medical checkup. Offer to schedule the visit yourself or to accompany the senior to the doctor — or to find someone else to attend the visit.
- Contact the doctor for guidance. If an elderly loved one dismisses your concerns, you can try calling the doctor directly. You will need to sign a form verifying that you have your loved one’s permission to discuss his or her medical information with the doctor and his or her staff. Your insights may help the doctor understand what to look for during upcoming visits.
While it may seem easier not to bring up these often uncomfortable issues during the holidays, opening the dialogue and creating a plan now is better for both you and your loved one. No decisions need to be reached immediately. It is important to allow your loved one some time to absorb your concerns and consider what he or she would like in terms of a plan for the future. If your family needs assistance broaching the subject of care, contact Heaven at Home. We’re happy to help guide your family through the transition into home care in Denton or the Dallas area.